Tough economic times call for innovative approaches. An estimated 51 million people internationally are expected to lose their jobs in 2009, and with the unemployment rate on the rise, how does one find career opportunities fast? One great option is Twitter.
Twitter is evolving as another resource, in addition to traditional methods, for both job searching and recruiting.
Get the most out of your page
? Make your Twitter presence “employer-friendly”
o Put your job pitch in your Twitter bio (which is 160 characters) o Use a professional looking avatar o Tweet about your job search
? Utilize your Twitter background. There’s lots of space you can use to promote yourself. Don’t know how to create a professional-looking Twitter background? Use this free template to design your own.
? Include a link to an online CV or resume in your bio. Use a tool like VisualCV. (For more information on building an online resume, see Dan Schawbel's post HOW TO: Build the Ultimate Social Media Resume)
? Establish yourself as an expert in your field on Twitter. It’s important to note that you should not misrepresent yourself. If you’re not a medical doctor, don’t play one on Twitter. As those on Twitter become interested in your content, when employers are looking at you, you’ll have more than just your resume to back up your knowledge and experience.
“It’s about who you know”
How do you get to know the right people? It’s not always about who you’re looking for, some people on Twitter are actually looking for YOU.
There are many job recruiters who use Twitter to look for potential candidates. Before contacting a recruiter via Twitter, check out:
? Their bio ? Follower/Following ratio (Have they been around a while? Do they follow people back?) ? Click the link to their website ? Ask others in your network whether or not the recruiter is a credible source
Here are a few recruiters representing different professions and industries on Twitter:
Christa Foley a.k.a. @electra - Christa is the recruiting manager and recruiter at Zappos.com. Christa gives followers an inside look into her career at Zappos. She tweets out examples of negative recruiting interactions with potential clients, outreach she does with high school and college students, and ultimately looks for potential Zappos candidates.
Craig Fisher a.k.a. @Fishdogs - Craig is an IT and executive recruiter who co-founded A-List Solutions staffing firm. On Twitter he offers tweets on how to find a job in the web industry, hiring tips and tricks, along with professional career advice.
Jim Durbin a.k.a. @smheadhunter - A social media recruiter, Jim is active on the Twitter scene. His goal is to partner “social media gurus” with the right companies. Jim responds to followers’ questions, offers general recruiting advice and sends out “teaser” tweets for positions he thinks followers might be interested in.
Jennifer McClure a.k.a. @CincyRecruiter - Jennifer is an executive recruiter/coach. She often tweets out specific advice for job seekers, including words not to use on a resume. Jennifer is accessible to her followers and tweets about non-recruiting topics as well.
Laurie DesAutels a.k.a. @biotechjobs - Laurie recruits a specific niche, looking for senior level leaders in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. Her tweet stream includes links to other job search resources and lots of Twitter information.
Job search tools & resources
A reactive job search on Twitter probably isn’t the best way to find a job. There are many new Twitter tools and applications to assist with a proactive job search.
How does it work? Recruiters begin their tweets with @Microjobs, and then submit. The @Microjobs account automatically tweets out requests to its growing network of job seekers.
Another tool born out of Twitter for job seekers and recruiters. Follow the hashtag #Tweetmyjobs and visit the website. This is a very simple (and free) tool for job seekers. You can subscribe to desired job channels and even have new openings automatically sent to your mobile phone. Even better? You can specify which cities you want notifications from.
Job search accounts
There are a variety of Twitter accounts dedicated to providing job listings by field, company, region, and more. Once you've decided which best match your job search, consider turning on mobile alerts for these accounts to be among the first to receive messages (if your mobile phone plan includes SMS messages).
@alldevjobs - Developer jobs @ArtDirectorJobs – Art director jobs @cwjobs - Copywriter jobs @jobsinhiphop – Jobs in Hip-Hop @journalism_jobs - Jobs in journalism @juicyjobs – Green jobs @libgig_jobs - Library Jobs? @mediabistrojobs - Media job listings from mediabistro.com @medical_jobs - Medical jobs @media_pros – Jobs for media professionals @narmsjobs – Retail marketing jobs @PRSAjobcenter – Jobs in public relations, communications and marketing @reflectx - Physical Therapy jobs @seojobs - SEO job listings @socialmediajob - Jobs in social media? @travelmaxallied - Healthcare jobs @travelnursejob - Jobs for traveling nurses? @usmusicjobs - US Music Jobs? @web_design_jobs - Web design and other graphics jobs?
By job type
@findinternships – Internships and entry level jobs for college students @freelance_jobs – Freelance jobs @heatherhuhman – Entry level jobs and internships @Project4Hire – Freelance and temporary jobs @jewish_jobs - Jewish job listings
@MyBristolJobs – Job listings from mybristoljobs.co.uk @chicagowebjobs – Web-related jobs in Chicago @ChicagoTechJobs – Technology jobs in the greater Chicago area @ITJobsLondon – IT jobs in London @ITJobsSydney – IT jobs in Sydney, Australia @JobsBoston - Jobs in the greater Boston area @jobshawaii – Jobs in Hawaii @NewYorkTechJobs – Technology jobs in the greater New York area @PDXJobs – Jobs in Portland, Oregon @sdjobs - San Diego technology jobs? @sfmobilejobs – Mobile Web and Digital Media jobs in Silicon Valley @mtltweetjobs - PR/marketing/social media/tech jobs in Montreal @TopJobsInLondon - Top jobs in London, UK @web20jobs - UK-based web 2.0 jobs?
@JobAngels – Helping the unemployed find jobs @indeed - One search. All jobs.? @jobshouts – General job postings @simplyhired - Job search site? @StartUpHire – Jobs at VC backed companies @twithire - Job board service ?
To find additional Twitter job resources, use the Twitter search function and type in keywords important in your job search. For example, “job openings,” “looking for a job,” or “healthcare career." Additionally, you can search out others in your desired career field on sites like Twellow, Just tweet it, and TwitterTroll.
Your next job could be just a tweet away.
Have more tips, accounts, or stories of your own to add? Tell us about them in the comments.